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“A Place of Pain and Gain”: Exploring the Dynamics of Resistance in the Creation of Sengwe Tshipise Wilderness Corridor, Southeast Zimbabwe

Chirozva, C, Black, R and Higgins, V ORCID: 0000-0001-9350-1282 2017 , '“A Place of Pain and Gain”: Exploring the Dynamics of Resistance in the Creation of Sengwe Tshipise Wilderness Corridor, Southeast Zimbabwe' , Society and Natural Resources, vol. 30, no. 8 , 964–979 , doi: 10.1080/08941920.2016.1265186.

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Abstract

This article examines the relationship between place attachment andresistance during participatory planning of the Sengwe TshipiseWilderness Corridor, located in southeast Zimbabwe, a region thatfalls within the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Conservation Area. Fieldresearch was conducted from July to December 2013 using 69semistructured interviews, seven focus-group discussions, and analysisof secondary data. By following the dominant narratives articulated byvillagers affected by this Corridor, we illustrate the multiple waysin which place attachment becomes part of everyday politics ofresistance. Results show that a strong place-based identity is at thecenter of narratives deployed by villagers displaced by war, conservation,and veterinary fencing restrictions. Through deploying this placebasedidentity, communities collectively influenced both the spatialextent of the corridor and institutional governance arrangements. Thisarticle contributes to debates on the role of community agency in theimplementation of transfrontier conservation areas.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Chirozva, C and Black, R and Higgins, V
Keywords: Biodiversity corridor; place attachment; resistance; transfrontier conservation areas
Journal or Publication Title: Society and Natural Resources
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc
ISSN: 0894-1920
DOI / ID Number: 10.1080/08941920.2016.1265186
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